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Zika virus breakthrough: researchers find protein that inhibits infection

Zika virus breakthrough: researchers find protein that inhibits infection

University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers have made a breakthrough in their evaluation of the zika virus, finding that a “very small protein” found in every human greatly inhibits the virus’ ability to infect cells, and may also keep the virus from killing brain cells. The protein is called “interferon-induced protein 3,” IFITM3 for short, and is the first reported weakness discovered in with the zika virus.

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Underwater ‘lost city’ is really just a cool natural phenomenon

Underwater ‘lost city’ is really just a cool natural phenomenon

Underwater near Zakynthos, a Greek island, are some interesting and seemingly human-made structures. When they were discovered by tourists diving in the region, assumptions were made and word spread quickly that some archeological artifacts, possibly the remains of a long-lost city, had been discovered. These claims spurred a group of researchers into investigating the matter, and what they discovered was different, but no less interesting: these structures are entirely natural.

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Synthetic human genome project may lead to lab-grown transplantable organs

Synthetic human genome project may lead to lab-grown transplantable organs

Some scientists want to create a synthetic human genome, and their proposal has critics worked up into a frenzy. In a perfect world, this proposed synthetic human genome would be used to grow human organs for transplant, aid humans in developing medications and vaccines for various illnesses, and more. In a less-than-ideal world, critics worry it could also lead to the creation of a human without parents, to “designer humans” with specific attributes.

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Tinder will be more transgender-friendly starting in July

Tinder will be more transgender-friendly starting in July

Tinder will soon be a more welcoming place for transgender individuals, the company's CEO Sean Rad said recently. Starting sometime in July, Tinder will add a feature in which users can better specify who they’re looking for and who they (the user) are as a person. Rad also suggested that some augmented reality features could one day make their way into the app.

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Facebook Notify news app is being shutdown

Facebook Notify news app is being shutdown

Facebook’s Notify news app was introduced in November 2015, and now just a little over half a year since its launch, the company says it will be dropping support for the app. According to a message being sent to Notify users, Facebook is working on “transitioning parts of Notify into” some of its other products. The Notify app will be pulled from the App Store; speculation has it that very few people have been using the app (if they knew it existed at all).

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King Tut’s dagger has a blade made from meteorite

King Tut’s dagger has a blade made from meteorite

King Tut was buried with two knives, one of which has an iron blade and another that has a gold blade. Though a gold blade isn’t terribly practical in terms of usability, it’s pretty and seemingly benefitting of a king. As it turns out, though, it’s the iron blade that is most notable and rare — it was crafted from a meteorite, scientists have confirmed. The blade's origins had long been a source of debate, but a new study has put the controversy to rest.

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Fireball soars over Phoenix, causes loud booming sound

Fireball soars over Phoenix, causes loud booming sound

Another fireball has been spotted shooting through the sky, this time in Phoenix, Arizona, where the American Meteor Society says more than 200 witnesses have confirmed seeing the event. Unlike most of these fireball events, there are also several photos of a zig-zagging smokey trail in the sky that may have resulted from the flaming object. The event was caught on camera many times, with the resulting videos showing an exceptionally bright mass falling toward the ground.

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Google Trends shows the most misspelled word in each state

Google Trends shows the most misspelled word in each state

We all have a special word or two that never looks quite right, that you have to stop and think about for a moment or two, that you may second guess yourself over. If you’re like me, you fire up Google and type the world out quickly to see whether you were right. According to Google, a bunch of people search for “how to spell” followed by a word, and it has used Trends to group the queries by state.

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Bacteria resistant to ‘last-resort’ antibiotics found for the first time in U.S.

Bacteria resistant to ‘last-resort’ antibiotics found for the first time in U.S.

Right up there with climate change and increased water scarcity is the issue of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and one particularly terrible variety of it -- bacteria resistant to so-called 'last resort' antibiotics, the very last-ditch solutions for resistant bugs. Now, for the first time, researchers have discovered this super-resistant bacteria in the United States, and they fear a gene in it (mcr-1) could spread to other types of bacteria.

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Google wins “fair use” ruling in Oracle’s $9bn Android trial

Google wins “fair use” ruling in Oracle’s $9bn Android trial

Bad news for Oracle and Larry Ellison today, as a San Francisco jury ruled in favor of Google and dismissed a $9bn attempt to take a bite out of Android. The lengthy legal saga had seen Oracle contend that, in developing Android, Google should've paid for a license to the Java programming language; not so, Google countered, insisting that it was all done under fair use given copyright law.

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Team finds mysterious cave circles were made by Neanderthals

Team finds mysterious cave circles were made by Neanderthals

About 176,500 years ago, Neanderthals created a pair of stone rings far within a cave (located in France) from stalagmites cut to similar heights ranging up to 16-inches. Why? No one knows. However, the discovery — which was made back in 1990 — was recently the subject of a study that found the structures date back to a time when Neanderthals would have made them. This further underscores reshaped notions of how intelligent Neanderthals were, and reveals a big mystery surrounding a possible ritual site.

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Kilauea volcano in Hawaii sprouts two ‘vigorous’ lava flows

Kilauea volcano in Hawaii sprouts two ‘vigorous’ lava flows

The U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has announced that Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has a pair of new lava flows, and though neither lava flow is putting the nearby residential regions at risk, they have been described as “vigorous.” This is the same volcano into which NASA sent a robotic vehicle last year, and that caused evacuations two years ago.

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